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The International
Phonetic Alphabet

Welcome to the ol' Interactive IPA!

This page is actually a little outdated now, because for a good while I've had plans for an improved, expanded version of it based on feedback I've gotten and reactions I've seen around the intertubes. The new version will include phone-final ([aX]) and phone-only ([X]) recordings for each sound where possible, in addition to the extant [Xa] and [aXa], and it will also include sounds throughout the officially unlabeled spots on the chart. Maybe even some that are officially impossible to articulate! (Not promising anything on that though.) Plus aspirated and murmured stops, affricates, ejectives, and implosives for every feasible place of articulation, and even all manner of labiovelars. That's right. I already recorded many, if not all, of these sounds several years ago by now, but silly old grad school intervened in getting the page set up. Let's hope I get the new version up and running before too many more years pass. I will keep this page up for the sake of archival even when that happens. For now, meanwhile, this old page is all you get, with some visual fat trimmed (and HTML/CSS neatened up) for good measure. For old time's sake, here's the nearly unaltered original intro text:

Below you can see and hear the whole International Phonetic Alphabet. That is, besides suprasegmentals, tones, and diacritics — and the labiodental flap, which is brand new [ed.: haha, like six years ago] so I haven't had the opportunity yet to record the sound or modify the chart. To see the deal with these additional features of the IPA, check this out. [ed.: new link, PDF] The cool feature of the charts on this page is that you can click on each character to hear very accurate samples of what it sounds like. Here's how this all works:

top of k If you click on the top half of a consonant button you'll hear it initially, followed by [a].
bottom of k If you click on the bottom half of the button you'll hear it medially, both preceded and followed by [a].
low e If you click on a vowel you'll hear the vowel by itself.
f v Within a column, consonants on the left are voiceless and consonants on the right are voiced.
unround u Unrounded vowels have peach buttons.
u Rounded vowels have blue buttons.
lax i y Vowels in pairs have the same height and backness and differ only in rounding.
black button Black buttons indicate impossible articulations.

This page is based on the late, great Peter Ladefoged's similar and very cool page. It's a great resource, but I noticed that his sound samples have a fair number of inaccuracies and I wanted to provide a page that was as accurate as possible, so I recorded all the sounds myself, and here we are. There are other talking charts out there such as this one by Paul Meier which is also good but still has some inaccuracies, mostly in the vowels. Meanwhile, if you wish, take a sec to look at this page that consists of various phonetics issues I think ought to be worked out, and give me some feedback on them if you so desire. Now without further ado, the charts:

PULMONIC CONSONANTS

PULMONIC CONSONANT CHART

VOWELS

VOWEL CHART

NON-PULMONIC CONSONANTS

NON-PULMONIC CONSONANT CHART

OTHER SOUNDS

OTHER SOUNDS CHART